It's amazing how stuff gets started, isn't it? The rumor making the rounds in the press box here at Wrigley today was that the Cubs were going to trade right fielder Milton Bradley to the Tigers. I was suspicious of this from the start, first because the the Cubs have shown no inclination to trade Bradley and second, how much money can one club eat on contracts?
Turns out to have been hogwash from the beginning.
Apparently White Sox TV analyst Steve Stone Twittered something about the Tigers having interest in Bradley. For being the White Sox' analyst, our old pal Stoney sure likes to talk about the Cubs a lot. Stoney's friend David Kaplan of WGN radio and Comcast SportsNet picked it up and put it on a Web site.
I've worked with Jim Hendry a lot of years, and he always says that if I hear something to give him a call. And he's always shot straight with me on trade-rumor stuff and free-agent signings.
Apparently, nobody called Jim about this one ahead of time to ask him.
Two people with the Cubs said it was the first they'd heard of any rumored deal and that the Cubs have not talked to any team about Bradley.
The Cubs front office was furious that such a rumor had grown so fast and had been picked up around the country. A rock-solid media person in Detroit told me there was nothing to it on his end.
I guess it was fun for some people for one day.